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House of Zeor (Sime/Gen #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In the distant future, humanity has split into two mutant forms: the life-energy producing Gen, and the vampiric Sime.

Hugh Valleroy from the Gen Territories must infiltrate the Sime lands in order to locate his beloved Aisha. This means joining House Zeor, a Sime Householding that believes in the necessary unification of the two peoples, and who have the ability to let the
Published January 1st 1981 by Playboy (first published 1974)
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A pretty good book. Definitely somewhat more psychological and sociological SF rather than adventure SF. Again, I don't often read this sort of book but it was well written and I liked it quite a lot. I've always wondered whether there was any influence here from Zenna Henderson's "The People."
Melissa Snark
I read this entire series as a teenager and I recently discovered they were available on ebook, so I purchase them for a second read. The basic premise is distopian science fiction where the human race has evolved into two parts. First, Simes, who consume life energy every month in order to live. Second, Gen "Generators" who produce the vital life force the Simes must have. When a Gen resists a Sime's attempt to take the life force, the Gen suffers pain and dies. Thus, humanity is split into two ...more
Jun 22, 2008 rivka rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sime-Gen fans
Shelves: sime-gen, gr-author
Somehow, I thought I had read this a long time ago. But apparently I never had. As the first Sime-Gen book (not to mention our first introduction to Hugh and Klyd), it holds a special place in my heart. But it is very clearly a first novel.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
In the far future a mutation develops and humankind is split into Simes and Gens. Simes "change over" at adolescence into vampire-like creatures that must suction off energy from Gens every month. Ordinarily, this causes the death of the Gen. But then "Channels" are discovered who could safely take energy from Gens and give that energy to Simes. But there are still "Sime" territories where Gens are kept like cattle, and "Gen" territories where a developing Sime would be shot on sight. Enter Hugh ...more
Ich glaube, Das Haus Zeor könnte aus "Gute Bücher mit schrecklichem Cover" ohne Schwierigkeiten Platz 1 belegen.
Nicht nur, dass das Cover schrecklich ist und so plump auf 'Sex Sells' setzt, dass es wie ein billiger Groschenroman wirkt, es hat auch nur ganz entfernt irgendwas mit dem Buch zu tun.

Das Buch spielt in weit entfernter Zukunft, die Menschheit hat sich in zwei Rassen aufgespalten - die Simes und die Gens. Gens produzieren Selyn, ein Stoff, den die Simes zum überleben brauchen und ihn d
M.L. Brennan
Very interesting start to this classic series. It takes some patience to pick up the terminology and references, but all that pays off in a very good way in the last third of the book, where Lichtenberg was really able to start addressing deeper themes and ideas. It really picked up around that point, and this is also a book that really explores the evolution of a friendship and mutual respect between two men from very different cultures who end up truly committed and invested in each other. I e ...more
There is psychological and philosophical depth here, between the predator/prey angle and the ramifications of the societies produced and an analysis of Zelerod's Doom, but I never warmed to the story. The writing had a sort of unappealing yaoi fanfiction quality, and while the premise seemed to promise adventure and action, it was much more slow-burning and prone to societal commentary.
A classic. Although the two lead characters were a bit annoying, it's the start of such a marvelous series. And the incredible imagination it took to come up with this whole premise, and make it believable!
I wish that there were more books. I'm going to try to find out if there are and get them. REALLY GRAT SERIES!!!
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Jacqueline Lichtenberg is creator of the Sime~Gen Universe, primary author of Star Trek Lives!, founder of the Star Trek Welcommittee, creator of the term Intimate Adventure, winner of the Galaxy Award for Spirituality in Science Fiction and one of the first Romantic Times Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel. Her work is now in e-book form, audio-dramatization and on XM Satellite Radio. She has ...more
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